UMES NEARLY COMES BACK FROM DOWN 20, FALLS JUST SHORT TO NSU 54-51
Feb. 11, 2013
NORFOLK, Va. - The Lady Hawks nearly pulled off a huge comeback, getting to within two after being down 20, but UMES was one possession short, falling to Norfolk State 54-51 on Monday. UMES falls to 6-14 overall and 2-7 in conference play, while the Spartans go to 5-17 this season and 3-8 in the MEAC.
UMES's offense had trouble getting going in the early part of the game as the Lady Hawks trailed 10-3 a little after the second media timeout.
Fred Batchelor's bench got the scoring going, as a layup by Jameelah Pickard (Greensboro, N.C.), followed by a putback layup by Ashleigh Claybrooks (Manassas, Va.) and a pair of Alexis Udoji (Randolph, Mass.) free throws pulled UMES within one 10-9 at the 9:39 mark.
Norfolk State started using the fast break against UMES; at 13-11 NSU, the Spartans went on a 6-0 run, including four points from Recca Trice, to get an eight-point lead. UMES countered with baskets from Karona Roach (Bear, Del.) and Taylor Thompson (Chapel Hill, N.C.) to get UMES to 19-15 NSU with 5:55 left in the half.
Both sides played some good defense down the stretch, but the Spartans led 26-18 at the break.
Into the second half, NSU kept attacking the paint and built its lead to 12 after the period's opening five-and-a-half minutes.
UMES kept getting to the free throw line, including Sha-Kiyla Finney (Portsmouth, Va.) going a perfect 10-10 from the charity stripe, but NSU kept earning layups and built a 20-point advantage 51-31 with 9:35 left.
The Lady Hawks finally starting hitting shots, with Roach hitting a fadeaway in the paint followed by Jessica Long (Fort Washington, Md.) hitting a layup by charging into the lane. Roach added a couple of free throws and a pair of baskets to complete a 20-2 run, capped by a Shawnee Sweeney (Colonial Heights, Va.) three, pulling the Lady Hawks to 53-51 with just under 40 seconds left.
Down 54-51, UMES had an opportunity for one last chance. Roach got an open looking a couple of feet from the perimeter, but the ball hit the back of the rim and did not go in, ending the comeback just short.
Roach earned her first double digit game in four games, finishing with 19 points, including 15 in the second half. Finney concluded with 10 points and three steals, while Claybrooks grabbed 10 rebounds and scored three points.
For NSU, Rachel Gordon got a double double with 19 points and 12 rebounds. Ebony Brown concluded with 10 points and four boards.
UMES will return to the Hytche this weekend and get ready for Homecoming on Saturday, facing Morgan State at 2 p.m. on February 16th.